Monday May 16 2016
Serie A Week 38: Did You Know?

Gonzalo Higuain shatters 66-year record, Edy Reja marks his Millennium and it's goodbye for Antonio Di Natale and Miroslav Klose in Susy Campanale's stats round-up.

Gonzalo Higuain set the new all-time record with 36 Serie A goals in 35 games, shattering Gunnar Nordahl’s 35 for Milan in 1949-50. Pipita hadn’t netted a single hat-trick this season until the final round.

The Argentine has scored one more goal than in his previous two top flight campaigns combined. He also set a new all-time Serie A record by finding the net in 25 different games.

Marek Hamsik matches Diego Armando Maradona’s tally of 81 goals in a Napoli jersey. Napoli further improved their club record to 82 Serie A points.

Napoli and Juventus dropped only seven Serie A points from leading situations, more than any other side this season.

Frosinone conceded nine goals in their two seasonal meetings with Napoli, scoring one, and five of those were scored by Higuain. The Canarini have never beaten the Partenopei, managing just a 1-1 Serie B draw in December 2006 and five defeats.

Antonio Di Natale scored on his final match in an Udinese jersey, amassing 227 goals in 446 competitive games over 12 seasons. This was his 209th Serie A strike.

Sassuolo smashed their previous club record on 49 Serie A points, amassing 61 this season.

Eusebio Di Francesco enjoyed the 100th victory of his management career: 39 in Serie A, 39 Serie B, 14 Lega Pro, six Coppa Italia and two in other tournaments.

Inter had won their first three meetings with Sassuolo, two of them by 7-0 scorelines, but have now lost three in a row.

Jeison Murillo received his third red card of the campaign, the 12th for Inter overall, and their disciplinary record is second only to Atalanta’s 14.

Inter conceded three goals in the first half, something they had only done this season against Fiorentina on September 27.

Rodrigo Palacio got two Serie A goals this term, against Carpi and Sassuolo.

For the first time in his career, Matteo Politano found the net in back-to-back Serie A games.

Juventus equalled the all-time Serie A record with 22 clean sheets, set by Milan in 1993-94 and the Bianconeri in 2013-14.

Paulo Dybala scored 23 goals in his debut season for Juventus, more than Carlos Tevez’s 21. In Serie A alone he contributed 19 goals and nine assists, having a hand in more strikes than any Juve player since 2007-08.

Dybala both scored and assisted in four different Serie A games. 

Paul Pogba and Miralem Pjanic are the top assist men this season with 12 apiece.

Patrice Evra enjoyed Juve’s fastest goal of the domestic season after four minutes and 56 seconds.

Giorgio Chiellini has scored a Serie A goal in each of his 11 Juve campaigns except for 2005-06 and 2014-15. His last was against Inter in February 2014.

Home and away, Juve have won five of the last six meetings with Sampdoria, drawing 1-1 in Turin last season.

The Blucerchiati have conceded 30 goals in the first half, more than any other side. Vincenzo Montella managed an average of under one point per game on the Samp bench.

Cristian Brocchi ended his Serie A run with an average of 1.33 points per game at Milan. Luciano Spalletti, on the other hand, picked up 2.42 points per Serie A match.

Spalletti lost just one Serie A game on the bench, away to Juventus, so Roma took 45 points from 17 rounds for the first time in their history with 14 wins and three draws. Since he took over they scored 47 goals in 19 rounds, comfortably more than any other team in that period.

Stephan El Shaarawy is the most prolific January signing of the campaign with eight goals.

Christian Abbiati hung up his gloves after 281 Serie A games for Milan, more than any other goalkeeper at the club.

Roma had not beaten Milan, home or away, since a 2-0 result at the Olimpico in April 2014, managing two draws and a 2-1 defeat. The last victory at San Siro was 1-0 in December 2010, scraping just two points from the next four trips.

Kevin Strootman provided his first assist since January 17 2015 against Palermo. Mohamed Salah celebrated his 50th Serie A appearance with the 20th goal.

Miroslav Klose waves goodbye to Lazio with his 63rd goal in 171 games. He found the net in three consecutive Serie A appearances, something he had never managed before.

Fiorentina had lost their last four meetings with Lazio, scoring only one goal and conceding 10. Their last victory at the Olimpico was 2-0 in March 2013.

Palermo secured their safety with a five-match unbeaten run, winning three of the last four. Verona and Palermo haven’t shared the spoils since January 2003 in Serie B, followed by six Sicilian wins and three for Hellas.

Alberto Gilardino has now scored against 39 different Serie A sides, more than anyone else in history.

Enzo Maresca ended a 37-round Serie A drought since his last goal in December 2012. Federico Viviani scored in two consecutive top flight games for the first time in his career.

Chievo failed to find the net in their last four games, a run they hadn’t achieved since May 2012.

Bologna have only ever won one of their 11 top flight trips to Chievo, 1-0 in October 2011, along with four draws and six losses.

Torino have never conquered the Stadio Castellani in Serie A, managing two defeats (the other in 1987) and five consecutive stalemates. Home and away, their last top flight victory was in December 2006, followed by three draws from seven attempts.

Massimo Maccarone equalled his personal best of 13 top flight goals, set with Siena in 2008. Big Mac is the oldest player to score at least 10 goals this season, while Andrea Belotti is the youngest.

Edy Reja celebrated his 1,000th match as a professional Coach in Italy, having made his debut for Molinella in the 1979-80 Serie D campaign. He now has 277 in Serie A, 359 Serie B, 237 Lega Pro/Serie C, 29 in Serie D, 69 Coppa Italia, 18 European Cup competitions and 11 in other tournaments.

Atalanta hadn’t beaten Genoa away from home in Serie A since 1991-92. Their most recent victory here was 3-0 in the 2003-04 Serie B campaign.

Leonardo Pavoletti scored one goal per 53 touches in Serie A this season, so only Higuain and Inter’s Mauro Icardi had a better ratio among players on at least six goals.

Gian Piero Gasperini marked his 400th League game as a Coach: 256 in Serie A, 110 Serie B and 34 in Lega Pro/Serie C.

Empoli goalkeeper Maurizio Pugliesi made his Serie A debut at the age of 39 years and five months - the oldest newcomer in the League’s history.

This is the first time Marco Giampaolo has managed a full season without getting fired since 2008-09.

Empoli celebrated their 100th Serie A victory.

Carpi have won both their competitive encounters with Udinese by 2-1 scorelines, getting the same result in January. Simone Verdi got his first top flight brace, goals just 103 seconds apart.

This is the first ever Serie A season where the top three all amassed at least 80 points.

The final round was the most prolific of the campaign with 37 goals, an average of 3.7 per game.

Only Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) and Emiliano Viviano (Sampdoria) played every minute of Serie A football this season. Those who featured in all 38 rounds were Carlos Bacca (Milan), Jose Callejon and Marek Hamsik (Napoli) and Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli).

Have your say...
Is it still the case that Inter's discipline is second worst after Atalanta, but only Napoli? have committed fewer fouls, as was the case back in March. If so that is a really bizarre statistic.
on the 18th May, 2016 at 5:41am
Thanks Susy for these interesting facts. As always.

I was hoping You would also say something about Roma scoring with almost 20 DIFFERENT PLAYERS in one season...
Is that a Serie A record?
on the 17th May, 2016 at 1:49pm

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